Gibbous ♉ Taurus
First Quarter is the lunar phase on . Seen from Earth, illuminated fraction of the Moon surface is 61% and growing larger. The 8 days young Moon is in ♉ Taurus.
* The exact date and time of this First Quarter phase is on 9 January 2041 at 10:06 UTC.
Moon rises at noon and sets at midnight. It is visible high in the southern sky in early evening.
Moon is passing first ∠4° of ♉ Taurus tropical zodiac sector.
Lunar disc appears visually 3.4% narrower than solar disc. Moon and Sun apparent angular diameters are ∠1886" and ∠1951".
Next Full Moon is the Wolf Moon of January 2041 after 6 days on 17 January 2041 at 07:11.
There is medium ocean tide on this date. Sun and Moon gravitational forces are not aligned, but meet at very acute angle, so their combined tidal force is moderate.
The Moon is 8 days young. Earth's natural satellite is moving through the first part of current synodic month. This is lunation 507 of Meeus index or 1460 from Brown series.
Length of current 507 lunation is 29 days, 10 hours and 35 minutes. It is 39 minutes longer than next lunation 508 length.
Length of current synodic month is 2 hours and 9 minutes shorter than the mean length of synodic month, but it is still 4 hours longer, compared to 21st century shortest.
This lunation true anomaly is ∠342.7°. At the beginning of next synodic month true anomaly will be ∠358.5°. The length of upcoming synodic months will keep decreasing since the true anomaly gets closer to the value of New Moon at point of perigee (∠0° or ∠360°).
6 days after point of perigee on 3 January 2041 at 19:39 in ♑ Capricorn. The lunar orbit is getting wider, while the Moon is moving outward the Earth. It will keep this direction for the next 8 days, until it get to the point of next apogee on 18 January 2041 at 23:16 in ♌ Leo.
Moon is 379 977 km (236 107 mi) away from Earth on this date. Moon moves farther next 8 days until apogee, when Earth-Moon distance will reach 406 419 km (252 537 mi).
11 days after its descending node on 30 December 2040 at 10:13 in ♏ Scorpio, the Moon is following the southern part of its orbit for the next day, until it will cross the ecliptic from South to North in ascending node on 12 January 2041 at 00:01 in ♉ Taurus.
25 days after beginning of current draconic month in ♉ Taurus, the Moon is moving from the second to the final part of it.
8 days after previous South standstill on 2 January 2041 at 11:44 in ♑ Capricorn, when Moon has reached southern declination of ∠-26.763°. Next 5 days the lunar orbit moves northward to face North declination of ∠26.766° in the next northern standstill on 15 January 2041 at 15:57 in ♋ Cancer.
After 6 days on 17 January 2041 at 07:11 in ♋ Cancer, the Moon will be in Full Moon geocentric opposition with the Sun and this alignment forms next Sun-Earth-Moon syzygy.